Advanced Physics of Roller Coasters Lab
|Duration: 90 minutes
Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.
|Concepts/Skills: Gravity, Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, Velocity, Engineering Design
Calculate the thrills and excitement of your own roller coaster prototypes! Students build their prototypes, then determine the kinetic and potential energy of their designs.
Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Circle of Pong
Lesson: 65 minutes
Make connections between learning from the lab and the exhibits and programs found in The Tech Interactive’s galleries. For more exhibit connections, see the Lab Guide above.
Science on a Roll: Ball Machine
(outside of Park Ave. entrance)
Witness an elaborate demonstration of the transfer of potential and kinetic energy.
Students design their own roller coasters at a designated design station. Once tested and successful, students take their designs to the roller coaster simulator where they’ll share the experience and thrills of their design first hand.
Just Wing It
Learn about the properties of flight by creating and testing flying contraptions! From shark fins to glider wings, discover which shapes and forms are most aerodynamic and can create lift.